Posted: Wed 7:55 AM, Jul 03, 2013
Funeral Home: Crowder Funeral Home
May 27, 1924 - June 29, 2013
Dixie Lou (Ballow) Pruitt died on June 29, 2013. She was 90 years of age at the time of her death. A memorial service will be held in the Arbor Oaks Chapel at Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan, Texas at 3:00 PM on Friday, July 5. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Crowder Funeral Home, 851 Hwy 517, in Dickinson, Texas; visitation with family will be at 10:00 AM preceding the funeral.
Dixie was born in Weatherford, Texas on May 27, 1924 to Mary Bloss Ballow and William Jackson Ballow. She graduated from Weatherford High School and Weatherford Junior College, receiving an Associate of Arts diploma in 1942. Dixie married Mack Arlen Pruitt on October 12, 1942, and their first son, Bill, was born in Weatherford in 1943 while Mack was deployed to Europe in World War II. During the war, Dixie worked at Todd Shipyard in Houston.
She was an actual "Rosie the Riveter." After the war, Dixie moved to Gurdon, Arkansas where she and Mack operated the "Pruitt Help U Self" Laundry. It was there her second son, Buzz, was born in 1947. In August of 1947, Dixie, Mack and their boys moved to Bacliff, Texas so Mack could help reconstruction efforts following the Texas City Disaster. She was a stay-at-home mother in Bacliff and San Leon where their home and belongings were destroyed by hurricane Carla in 1961.
She and Mack later moved to Dickinson, Texas, where she helped manage the Pruitt Construction Company, a business involving herself, Mack, and partner Garland Copelin of Dickinson. In 2005, Dixie and Mack moved to Bryan, Texas. She completed her life at Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan.
Dixie was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church of Texas City and later attended services at Crestview. Dixie enjoyed painting landscapes and making teddy bears for her family members and friends. She held strong opinions about religion and politics, and was willing to share her opinions with others if given the opportunity. Late in life, she was given special care by the staff of Hospice Brazos Valley and the staff of Crestview Retirement Community, particularly Sharon Byrd of Navasota and Georgia Mitchell of Bryan.
Dixie was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Mack Arlen Pruitt.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Emily Pruitt of Buda, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Buzz and Katy Pruitt of College Station, Texas; along with grandchildren, Ronnie Pruitt and wife Paula of Round Rock, Texas; Randy Pruitt and wife Sandi of Silverdale, Washington; Emily Johns and husband Chuck of Santa Clarita, California; John Arlen Pruitt and wife Sandi of Dallas, Texas; Wilson Pruitt and wife Alina of Smithville, Texas; Rebecca Johnson of Austin, Texas; and Scott Johnson of Austin, Texas. Also surviving are her six great-grandchildren, Bailey Pruitt of Round Rock, Texas, Jennifer Donahoue of Middletown, Connecticut; Maddie Johns and Macy Johns of Santa Clarita, California; Rowan Pruitt of Dallas, Texas; and Dominic Pruitt of Smithville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to: The Mack and Dixie Pruitt Scholarship Fund, 301 Oak Forest, Drive, Buda, TEXAS 78610 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TEXAS 77803.